Author: Charles Hill

Crawford Crushes Indongo, Makes History 

On March 30, 2013, Terence "Bud" Crawford accepted an offer to substitute for Khabib Allakhverdiev on three days' notice to take on hard-hitting Breidis Prescott. It was Crawford's first ten-round bout, his first HBO appearance, and his first fight at junior welterweight. After Crawford thoroughly dominated the power-punching Colombian, the boxing world was put on notice. Max Kellerman compared Crawford...

A Letter from Ashley Wilson

On August 5, 2017, my son Dominik, who will be a 7th grader this year, and I attended the Floyd Mayweather Back-2-School Giveaway/Fight 4 Your Education event. We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment, food, and activities provided. But most importantly, Dominik was able to receive valuable tools to help further his education. The uplifting atmosphere inspired him to engage in athletic...

Mayweather And McGregor Embark On Press Tour

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor began their 4-city press tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The crowd of over eleven thousand was pro-McGregor, cheering loudly as Dana White introduced the 155-pound UFC champion. But despite this being a promotion of a boxing match, not an MMA fight, McGregor appeared comfortable and confident. "I'm a young, confident, happy man...

Alvarado Stops Gutierrez At Belasco

On Friday night in downtown Los Angeles, super featherweight Rene Alvarado (26-8) displayed superior conditioning and skill while battering previously-unbeaten Roger Gutierrez (15-1-1). The Nicaraguan seemed to improve as the bout progressed. The first two rounds were close, but Gutierrez was visibly tired before the bell rang to open round three. This stanza illustrated Alvarado taking command with clean, well-timed punches....

Mayweather/McGregor vs. Canelo/GGG, Spectacle vs. Sport

On March 6, 2017, Intelligent Boxing's Miguel "Dax" Cedillo announced that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor would be fighting. He stated the bout would be on June 10, which was incorrect, but he was the first to officially break the news that the fight would be taking place. Prior to that, on January 28, 2017, after speaking with both Eric...

Oscar Negrete Brings The Heat To Fantasy Springs 

Friday, June 30, was another sweltering day in Indio, California.    Temperatures soared well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It was so hot that ESPN’s production equipment overheated, which delayed their telecast. Ice was used to cool down the units, but the slender Sergio Frias (19-7-2) could not contain the fire from Oscar Negrete (17-0). Negrete, also known as “Jaguar,” began walking down...

ESPN To Air Top Rank Fights

Tonight, Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions and ESPN begin a new, and what could be prominent, relationship in boxing. This is clearly not a reproduction of "Friday Night Fights," which pitted up-and-comers who accepted modest purses in exchange for world-wide exposure. Instead, the show features Fighter of the Decade Manny "PAC-Man" Pacquiao (59-6-2) , who has fought exclusively on pay...

Ward Chops Down Kovalev, High And Low

Every story has three sides--yours, mine, and the truth somewhere in between. On June 17th, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev were the storytellers, and their versions were as polar-opposite as a Trump and Clinton supporter. Light Heavyweight Champion Ward would tell you that he dominated his opponent, beat him up, made him want to quit, and scored a legitimate 8th-round...

Hovahannisyan Continues Win Streak in Downtown Los Angeles

On Friday, June 2, featherweight Azat Hovhannisyan (12-2) defeated Isao Carranza (15-9-1) at the Belasco Theater via unanimous decision. It was the 6th straight victory for the versatile boxer from Armenia. Hovhannisyan, who now trains out of Glendale, CA, established control early, by digging to Carranza's body. In round 2, he stunned his opponent with an overhand right. After 6...

Conlan Unhappy With Performance, But Continues To Thrill Fans

UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL Based on his post-fight commentary, you would think Michael Conlan had lost his second professional bout. “I’m not very happy with my performance tonight, but it is what it is.” The Irish Olympian displayed flashes of brilliance against Alfredo Chanez (4-5-2). The rugged challenger out of Tijuana, Mexico had never been knocked out. In the opening round,...

Terrific Terence

On Saturday night, May 20, 2017, Terence “Bud” Crawford delivered yet another masterful performance, this time against former Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz. Crawford, who is a proud Omaha, Nebraska native, defended his  WBC and WBO Super Lightweight championship belts at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Even the staunchest critic would be hard-pressed to find any chinks in...

Canelo Cruises To Win Over Chavez Jr

Canelo Cruises To Win Over Chavez Jr Las Vegas, Nevada Outside the T-Mobile Arena, fight fans celebrated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, as anticipation mounted for the clash of Mexico’s two most popular boxers. The Las Vegas Strip provided the backdrop for the festive atmosphere. Music filled the air; beer and margaritas were free-flowing; and Cinco de Mayo weekend...

Future Stars Overcome Adversity

Future Stars Overcome Adversity Saturday afternoon at the StubHub Center in Carson, California began with a trio of boxers managed by Eglis Klimas. Maxim Dadashev knocked out Bilal Mahasin in impressive fashion. Alexander Besputin defeated hard-punching veteran Breidis Prescott via unanimous decision, and Olympic Gold Medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov recovered from a first-round knockdown to stop Victor Vazquez in Round 2. Gaibnazarov...

Young Guns – Richard Schaefer’s April 9 card

Young Guns Veteran Josesito Lopez continued his journey back into respectability with a workmanlike win over Saul Corral on April 9 in Los Angeles. The Riverside Rocky entertained the crowd at LA Live’s Novo with an exciting ten-round unanimous-decision victory. Lopez and Corral went toe- to-toe, with Josesito clearly getting the best out of the encounters. Lopez is now 35-7 (19 KOs), while Corral fell...

Shakur-Stevenson
A DEBUT WORTH WATCHING

A DEBUT WORTH WATCHING Recently, I sat down with a sensational boxing prospect named Shakur Stevenson. The 19-year-old from Newark, New Jersey was poised, and wise beyond his years. Despite the tug-of-war between promotional companies, managers, and advisers in the fight game attempting to land the multi-talented Olympian, Stevenson appeared at ease with his decision to sign with Top Rank. (He...